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Joy L. Wimberly

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Joy L. Wimberly
Oct. 14, 1939 – Oct. 11, 2017

WimberlyJ2Joy L. Wimberly was born in Kansas City, Kansas October 14, 1939.  She spent much of her youth growing up on her grandparent’s farm in rural Wyandotte County.   She graduated in 1957 from Shawnee Mission High School in Overlake Park, Kansas.  Joy married Ronald J. Wimberly on November 14, 1959 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.

They  began  their  family soon after and a job opportu-nity at Boeing brought the family to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 1966 where they raised their four children.  As the children grew, Joy transitioned from homemaker to the workforce in Customer Service and Sales for several local telecommunications companies.

Joy boasted that her greatest accomplishment was raising her four children to be productive adults, and she enjoyed watching them begin families of their own.  Her greatest pleasure was sharing in the lives of her grandchildren while participating in their busy and active schedules. 
Joy’s hobbies included gardening, floral arranging, arts & crafts, holiday decorating, and researching the family’s genealogy.   Her most precious companion was her loyal, beloved dog Beau, whom she adored beyond words. 

Joy is survived by her three daughters, Dawn Winslow (Bret), Erin Peerboom (Paul), Lesli VanAchte (Mark), 11 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eva and Noah Minnix, her husband, Ronald Wimberly, and her son Branson Wimberly.
Joy always greeted everyone with a warm smile and always left family members with her famous phrase, “Love you BIG!” 

We invite you to visit the online memorial site to share any favorite stories and for information of her Celebration of Life, at www.rill.com.

Preston West Kelly

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Preston West Kelly died peacefully on September 19, 2017, at Evergreen Hospital, as he fought the complications of recent surgery. He was born on June 2, 1936, to Henry G. and Elizabeth West Kelly in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Boy Scout, literally and figuratively, and President of the National Honor Society at North Park Academy.

Preston West Kelly photo - woodinville weeklyAfter he graduated from Carleton College, Preston became an editor at Scott Foresman Publishing in Chicago, and later an executive at McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City. Preston met Lois (née Velma Lois Van Dyke), his beloved wife of 53 years, while at Scott Foresman in 1963. They married in 1964, then relocated to Connecticut. In 1970 they welcomed their beloved daughter Susan Elizabeth. In the mid-‘90s Preston retired from McGraw-Hill, and he and Lois moved to Woodinville, Wash.

Preston was an avid reader,  connoisseur of opera and classical music, and a dedicated film buff. He was an indefatigable hobbyist with interests ranging from kite flying and bonsai sculpting to photography, woodworking, and welding, to piano and voice lessons; he was active in the Woodin-ville Unitarian Universalist Church and Choir. Preston engaged wholeheartedly in his life-long passion for trains and steam engines, and at the time of his death he was building a model railroad in his home.

Preston was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth; his father, Henry; and his sister, Marla Dankert. He leaves behind wife Lois; daughter Susan and fiancée Marcella; several nieces and nephews; and countless fans in those he knew along his way. Those who met Preston were immediately struck by his beautiful blue eyes, his kindness, quick mind, and ever-present sense of humor. He possessed a rare optimism and the ability to make even strangers smile a little brighter for the rest of the day.

Preston, we love you dearly and miss you tremendously. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 21st, followed by a reception, at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Woodinville Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

Maxine Keesling

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Mom finalMaxine Keesling, age 94 of Woodinville, Washington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 24, 2017, leaving behind a family which misses her deeply.

Raised in Eastern Washington, Maxine cherished summers at her grandfather’s farm in Waverly, which he homesteaded in the 1870’s but lost in the Depression of the 1930’s.  In her own words, Maxine was “thoroughly inculcated” with her grandpa’s “pay-your-own way, control-your-own-destiny, don’t-fence-me-in” philosophies, as well as a distrust of overreaching government.  Long-time residents of Woodinville and King County may recall decades of her letters-to-the-editors protesting government incursion into private property rights.

Maxine married the late James Keesling in 1944.  They provided an idyllic childhood for their children.  Maxine threw herself enthusiastic-ally into motherhood, as she did everything else, with an effectiveness and generosity that included stints as PTA president and Campfire Girls group leader. Her example and encouragement instilled a can-do attitude, confidence, and love of reading in all her children. 

In a time when it was uncommon for women, Maxine became a real estate broker specializing in vacant or farm acreage.  She used letters-to-the editor to speak out for the rights of property owners and otherwise to hold the feet of government to the fire.  When asked, “What makes Maxine write?” She said, “I’ll continue to act as Paul Revere …as long as my health and the newspaper editors allow.  I consider whatever I accomplish to be a memorial to my grandfather.”  More privately, Maxine routinely contributed to those in need, including help to complete strangers whom she had read about in the newspaper. 

Maxine is survived by her four children (Sherelyn Ernst and husband Jerome, Scott Keesling, Susan Valenta and husband Frank, and Holly Towle), seven grandchildren, & four great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly, as she did them. 

Friends are welcome to join the family in an informal celebration of Maxine’s life on Saturday, November 4, at the home of Frank and Susie Valenta, 15403 154th Avenue Northeast, Woodinville. Please email or call Jessica Valenta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (206)755-5698 for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maxine’s name to the King County Library System Foundation at 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027 (or online at www.kclsfoundation.org) OR  to The American Land Rights Association, a nonprofit organization, at http://landrights.org/ (click on “Donate” or go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr#/checkout/openButton) or by check to American Land Rights Association, PO Box 400, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

Lee Jacob Taylor

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Lee J. Taylor aka Lindsay L. Neymeyer was born April 18, 1960 passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2017.

A Celebration of Life is planned for October 21, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at Redmond Eagles, 11440 Avondale Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052
More Details on Facebook at Lee Taylor Celebration of Life.

Leonard Karl Mantei

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Leonard ManteiLeonard Karl Mantei, 88, of Woodinville, Wash., passed away on Friday, September, 22, 2017.  He was born January 13, 1929 in Fortuna, (Divide County) North Dakota, the son of the late Rudolf and Mabel Florence (Russel) Mantei. Leonard married Melba Lorraine (Wylder) on January 28th 1956.  She preceded him in death on December 22, 2002. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War; serving in Austria. Leonard was a longtime member of the V.F.W. #2995 in Bellevue. His longest term employment was in Carpentry and he continued to build & remodel his own homes, & otherwise enjoyed tinkering in his work shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Leonard is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Zatrine; step-son, Craig Sanford and wife Barbara; step-son Gary Dethlefs and wife Donna; step daughter, Roberta Skinner; five grandchildren, Elise Skinner, Brett Skinner and wife Lisa, Kristine Silva, Michael Craig Sanford and wife Jeannie and Tracy Dethlefs and wife Francine; numerous great-grandchildren; Anthony Silva, Matthew Silva, Alexander Sanford, Emily Sanford, Lauren Skinner, Brooke Skinner, Keon Dethlefs ; sisters, Rodella Knutson and Delores Wehrman; numerous nieces & nephews, and great & great great nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother Rudy and two sisters, Lorna Torgerson and Ramona Thompson. Arrangements are being handled by Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE, Bothell, WA  98011